"Uni-tard" is a rollicking night of sketch comedy by three comedians who all have better things to do than work together.
By ROBIN EISGRAU
(Originally reviewed in April 2001 as "Uni-tard.")
In "Uni-tard," the performers Mike Albo, Nora Burns and David Ilku skewer the absolutely fabulous, poke pointed fun at smug yuppie culture and lampoon conspicuous consumption and myriad aspects of contemporary life in a highly entertaining series of sketches and monologues.
After an opening skit in which the performers each beg the audience to come to their individual one-person shows ("I call my answering machine from my cell phone from the stage and ask the audience to leave a message," Ilku intones with comic desperation), Burns plays a maddeningly indescisive woman at the counter of a muffin shop as Albo, weighed down with Kiehl's and Williams-Sonoma shopping bags, yells at her to "just order something!"
|Cast: Mike Albo, Nora Burns and David Ilku.|
380 Lafayette St. at Great Jones
March 31 - May 5, 2002
In the next sketch Albo apologizes for things ranging from bistros to $20 yoga classes to "gay people embracing shopping so that shopping and gay became the same thing." Burns is wickedly funny as she stands rubbing her stomach and says "I'm having a baby. I'm better than you. I'm a million times more important than you are." Albo is hilarious as a man far more interested in yapping about his own success than paying attention to his date ("I just did another voiceover. You should try it. It's hard to get into but you should try it," he says).
The show features some extremely witty riffs on the insane real-estate situation in New York as Albo sells the Fez stage for $4 billion ("As a broker I get money from you every time you get a sense of home"). Burns plays a PR woman who barks at her assistant for muffin tops and has Timothy McVeigh as a client.
There's much more: Albo wielding a clipboard and saying, "We are filming a movie. We've turned the whole city into a set. Could you please not move!", Ilku as an Australian crocodile hunter at La Nouvelle Justine, Burns' scathing Downtown Disney Cyber New Yorker sketch and Ilku as a delirious flautist straight from the Renaissance Fair. If New Yorker cartoons make you chuckle, you're sure to get belly laughs out of this show.
|APRIL 16, 2001|
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